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Keyboard problems

At first the keyboard works fine but after 5mins the system doesn't recognize keyboard inputs anymore. Someone who has the same problem? --Pizza 23:59, 14 April 2008 (PDT)

i have the same problem. after a few minutes the system doesn't respond to keyboard inpute. maybe it hangs? --robertle 00:25, 15 April 2008 (PDT)
hmn i don't think that it hangs at that point cause the input cursor is still blinking :S
--Pizza 09:32, 15 April 2008 (PDT)
I have the same problem, sort of. First time i started the dist, i left it several minutes and i couldn't login, so i assumed it was a problem with my usb keyboard.. After reading this, i tried again and logged in immediately, and after a few mins the keyboard input stopped listening. I was actually typing 'ls' at the time so s's started creeping across the screen. Unplugging the keyboard and plugging it back in again, + waiting a few seconds made it stop typing 's's, but i couldn't get keyboard focus back... 01:04, 26 April 2008 (PDT)
Guys, I think the problem is that the Wiimote turns off because it's not being used, and for some reason the keyboard stops working... I'm guessing that's what happened, anyway. Once, I was using the IC, and it stopped making those clicky noises. I noticed the Wiimote was off, turned it back on, and the noises were back. I wonder if Wiinux somehow makes the keyboard actually not work if the Wiimote "times out." -Shado 00:37, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
I don't know if you know this but what they are talking about if from the Proof Of Concept version of WiiLinux. Your idea is still valid though if you are having issues. Pinball wizard 01:42, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
I haven't actually used Wiinux yet. I'm just giving a possible explanation. -Shado 23:38, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

Media Possibilities?

Just wondering, but is it possible that Linux on Wii would support a Hard Drive, from which music and videos could be played? Or, would it be possible to make a MythTV Frontend to run on the Wii? Or perhaps an equivalent to XBOX Media Center? --Quadomatic 18:12, 28 April 2008 (CDT)

It's definitely possible, but it'd be a lot of work. As a start, check out Wii MFE. -- Karaken12 02:37, 9 May 2008 (PDT)
Perhaps I should elaborate. The Wii MFE port shows that it's possible to play video through the Wii. It is also possible to use an external hard-drive with the Wii (see News), and get network support working (see PCtoWii). Playing DVDs on it seems further off -- as far as I know no-one has yet accessed the DVD drive without a mod-chip (but I might well be wrong about that). So a MythTV Frontend (or something like it) seems possible. What the Wii lacks, however, is a video-in port, so without additional hardware you won't be able to record TV on it. That said, there are USB tuners out there, so if the Wii has sufficient power (i.e. RAM and processing capacity) even this is possible. The downside is all of these idea require significant programing. Perhaps when Wii Linux is more that just a proof-of-concept this will become easier, but for now the Wii Homebrew scene is just getting going. -- Karaken12 06:33, 9 May 2008 (PDT)


Does this have things like BusyBox in it and such? Or is it just completely just strictly to make proof? This should be something easy to port stuff to since PPClinux for macs is full of software. Pinball wizard 12:17, 28 May 2008 (PDT)

Answered my own question...It has busybox and all. It is more than a complete nothingness of linux. Pinball wizard 10:33, 1 June 2008 (PDT)
Just so I know what I could do some work on (still learning C++inching farther on though ;) ) what would be the next step into this port? Full SD card reading, Simple GUI, stuff like that. I could direct some of my programming learning towards this. Pinball wizard 17:14, 12 June 2008 (CEST)
I think that we should work on adding in sd card and usb support. Also adding the ability to run .dol and .elf files. We should use code from sd explorer for the simple GUI. Porting alot of compilers is also going to help. I am still in the process of learning C/C++. Can you tell me what you are using to learn C++? Vader347
C++ For Dummies, and common knowledge and snese. I'll look into combining those things, but there is already SD card support apparently. Pinball wizard 17:58, 18 June 2008 (CEST)
I just found a new file on the wii-linux download page. download Here --vader347 00:32, 21 June 2008 (CEST)

USB Ethernet Adapter

Would other usb adapters work instead of the official wii one? just curious to see if I could get my wii with GeexBox working with streaming. Pinball wizard 04:14, 17 July 2008 (CEST)

Theoretically yes, but you have to test to figure it out. --vader347 04:10, 17 July 2008 (CEST)
How should I go about this to make it the easiest? Pinball wizard 04:14, 17 July 2008 (CEST)
I have added a table for compatible and incompatible usb network adapters. --Skibur 23:44, 23 July 2008 (CEST)


Is the Wii's Wi-fi module handled by the Starlet or would the kernel handle it itself? Because if it is the second, Wi-Fi support is going to always be patchy because:

  • The Wii's Wi-Fi Module is the Broadcom 4318 AirForce One Chipset, which is trouble because
  • ndiswrapper will not work for architectures that Windows drivers aren't written for (i.e. PowerPC, as used by Broadway)
  • b43 or bcm43xx would possibly have to be modified to work with the Wii's non-standard mainboard layout
  • b43 or bcm43xx require firmware to be cut out of drivers, and this firmware is illegal to distribute, meaning the user would have to take additional steps to get Wi-Fi working
  • I've used the b43 and bcm43xx drivers, and their support is patchy, at best

- Michaelh 21:44, 1 August 2008 (CEST)

Perhaps make a special program that uses one of the homebrew libraries to get internet? Just a theory... --Initrd.gz 6:55 August 8 2008 (CST)

The drivers for this wifi module (4318) is built into the Linux kernel. Why don't we just use that?

Mini kernel preview 3 provides wifi support for wii-linux. More informations about mike p3 can be found here: KernelPreviewThree --Screemer 10:24, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

Anyone working on XOrg?

Just wondering if anyone is working on a gui, and if there is, what they have gotten done. --Initrd.gz 6:50 August 8 (CST)

Given that the Wii's memory is not particularly large, it's most likely that Graphical apps under Wii Linux will use directfb instead of any X11 Server. - Michaelh 18:44, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Maybe XFast could be used? --ToniCE 08:11, 8 October 2008 (UTC)
i believe muzer was doing something in this regard. ask him. yossi 00:45, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Check out XWhiite, it has XOrg successfully implemented. --11rcombs 22:04, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

Failed to unpack

Whenever I try to unpack the .TAR.BZ2 file, it always goes wrong somewhere along the way, (I tried under Mac, Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Ubuntu.).

Unpack as root on Linux. Muzer 11:14, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

feature request: smbfs kerner driver

Hi there, I think adding the smbfs driver into the kernel would be a nice thing. Just imagine: setting up some console player with playlist support like mp3blaster, mounting your windows shared mp3 collection and running the m3us. smb-common already fully works on the whiite 0.1, so it only lags the smbfs. I did not test any other distribution, maybe some already have that. Another alternative would be davfs2 and fuse but I think that's way more effort. -s33k

Some Questions

Is there a version of the "Adobe Flash Player" for xwhiite?
Why is Iceweasel/Firefox not running?
Is it possible to add the sudo command?

Sry for spelling errors, but i'm not good in english. --Plinfa 17:51, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Console goes off screen

The subject kind of wraps it all up... Whenever I load any console homebrew (or XWhiite), the console always goes off the screen. it seems to do so up and down vertically, but not horizontally.

TV Overscan?

Does anyone know how to account for TV overscan when using whiite linux for the wii? I can't see the bottom command line on my screen! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bmax (talkcontribs) 16:32, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Mounting USB Drives: Stale NFS file handle error

Has anyone encountered the the following error when mounting usb drives:

  1. mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

mount: Stale NFS file handle

Whiite linux will not let me mount any usb drives on my system. I get this error everytime I try to mount a usb drive. I have tried about 5 different types and sizes of memory sticks and have tried formatting them as FAT, FAT32, ntfs, ext2....—Preceding unsigned comment added by Bmax (talkcontribs) 16:38, 1 May 2009 (UTC)


Is it possible to load Linux instead of MINI while using BootMii ? 12:11, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

I answer myself : MIni(-based) KErnel Preview One (aka MIKE p1). It can be found on gc-linux. 16:51, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
And now, MIni(-based) KErnel Preview Two (aka MIKE p2). It can be found on gc-linux. 20:50, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Loading entirely from USB?

I am wondering if it is possible to load entirely from a (homebrew channel compatable) USB hard drive. By this I mean load linux from the HBC (or even wiiload) and then detect the linux boot partition and use that with absolutly no files needed on the SD card(my sd card died (as in I cannot write to it regardless of the write protection tab location or formatting) and I am unwilling/unable to buy a new one every 6 months)

Toagac 22:56, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

Hi Toagac.
It is possible and I've done it using the Mike p4 kernel and bootmii. I don't have USB hard drive, but i succeeded using USB memory stick instead. You have to hexedit the kernel of your choice f.e this (mike p4 mini kernel, only working with bootmii.) find the line "root=" and change the /dev/mmcblk0p2 to /dev/sda1 - of course, you have to copy the existing filesystem to the USB hard drive first, a task easily done by running rsync on the current sd-card installation (as user root) with the following command:
rsync -avHx --delete / /the/mountpoint/ofyour/usbharddrives/root/
The hexedit part might be tricky but I'll write a better tutorial for it somewhere in the near future.
--Wiibrewfan4 07:01, 8 October 2009 (UTC)

what does it do?

im thinking about downloading it, and before i do, i wonder what it does? , it doesn't really say... Calthephenom 20:44, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Its a wii port of the linux operating system. Link33 21:09, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Unsupported Hardware

GC Linux says (

The following hardware/peripherals are NOT yet supported:

 "Classic" hardware
 - Nintendo GameCube memory cards
 "Native" hardware
 - Internal DVD drive

WiiBrew says all hardware supported. GC Linux is correct? Someguy 10:23, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Memory tester?

Is it possible to get a copy of Memtest+ running on the wii? I think my wii may be failing and want to test it out before I mess around with the chips --The Moogle —Preceding undated comment added 20:26, 5 October 2009 (UTC).

GC Memorycard Unsupported

It's my understanding that SD cards via a GC Memory card adapter are accessible on Wii Linux. Therefore we must have access to the hardware (and since SD cards/gc memcards are pretty much the same anyway) Why are GC memory cards unsupported? ('scuse my ignorance) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Someguy 12345 (talkcontribs) 22:42, 28 November 2009 (UTC)